Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Black Wings (Madeline Black, #1) by Christina Henry

Black Wings (Madeline Black, #1) Black Wings by Christina Henry

My rating: 

She’s an Agent of Death who really needs to get a life.

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy’s position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

'Black Wings' is the first instalment in the Madeline Black series by Christina Henry. I have to admit, I was in a Urban Fantasy rut. For a while, I only wanted to read Historical novels and I needed a push back into the UF genre. This novel didn’t just push, but it kicked and pulled me right in.

I was first drawn to this book by Beezle, Madeline’s Gargoyle and sidekick. I have a soft sopt for sidekicks and this guy was hilarious. Broody, annoying, donut crazed and loyal. He’s been with Madeline through thick and thin. (Check out my favorite series sidekicks post.

The herione was fitting. She’s a type of Reaper they call an ‘Agent of Death’. She helps people pass over to the next life. Seems easy right? Wrong. Not all spirits want to leave Earth. Those people make Maddie’s job quite stressful. After what Madeline’s been through lately, I think she’d welcome 'Agent of Death' over it.

Gabriel is dreamy. Goregous, kind, broody and lethal. There’s more to Gabriel than you think and it’s fun finding out what’s behind that mask. Maddie and Gabriels banter seemed right.

I did find they seemed to fit together very easy, almost too quickly. No matter that it may have been to fast, they fit well. As for J.B, despite his off handed jerk ways, I like him. I think there's more to him than meets the eye. Although, what meets the eye is pretty pleasing..*winks*
Which brings me to the love triangle turned square turned hexagon. Even though that seems a bit extreme, it doesn’t drag out or take over the plot. It’s well crafted and exciting.

After reading Black Wings, I immediately picked up 'Black Night' and finished it in a few hours. I’ll be posting that review shortly. I think it’s safe to say that this is a fantastic read. A fun, enticing read with lots of action, romance and blood.
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Anonymous said...

I'm always trying to find new UF but it's so hard to sift through all of them in the bookstore. I appreciate your review because now I have a direction to head to when I go back to that section in the store!

Great review :)

Jenny @ Books to the Sky

Natasha said...

Thanks for stopping by Nerd Girls!
I really enjoyed getting back into a good UF series. It was fun and interesting. I recommend you check it out!

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